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CAMHS Nurse / Occupational Therapist

Band 6

Main area
Children & Young People (L3)
Band 6
Full time - 37.5 hours per week (Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm)
Job ref
Stepping Stones House
£38,762 - £45,765 pa inc
Salary period
08/06/2023 23:59

Job overview

We are pleased to advertise an opportunity for an outstanding candidate to join our dynamic and energetic CAMHS as an Occupational Therapist or CAMHS specialist Nurse within the Adolescent Team in Bromley. The Adolescent Team forms the clinical pathway for children and young people who experience acute mental ill health and who may be at risk of inpatient admission, requiring a rapid response, intensive intervention, crisis and risk management.

The successful candidate will be a good team worker and be able to lead in areas of clinical practice and development. They will be responsible for working independently and managing a caseload of young people, ensuring safe and effective clinical practices. They will work within the multi-disciplinary team developing a mentalisation-based approach to working with adolescents with complex mental health presentations. 

Main duties of the job

As a Nurse or Occupational Therapist in Bromley CAMHS you will have a balanced job plan which meets both the needs of the service and your own developmental needs and interests. This will include leading initial assessments which will be robustly supported through post assessment multi-disciplinary case discussions.  You will use your specialist knowledge and skills as an Occupational Therapist or Nurse to develop and deliver specialist interventions to support young people and their families to meet their goals. You will also be care co-ordinator for some young people, involving working with the family and wider professional network.  You will contribute to the provision of a duty service in partnership with colleagues and seniors. You will be encouraged to develop and support creative service development initiatives to meet the needs of the population. You will be supported to develop areas of specialist skill in the team and have support and guidance from senior Occupational Therapists and Nurses in the team and wider service.

Please see the attached Job Description and Person Specification for more information. 

Working for our organisation

Oxleas offers a wide range of NHS healthcare services to people in community and secure environment settings. Our services include community health care such as district nursing and speech and language therapy, care for people with learning disabilities and mental health care such as psychiatry, nursing and therapies. Our multidisciplinary teams look after people of all ages and we work in close partnership with other parts of the NHS, local councils and the voluntary sector and through our new provider collaboratives. Our 4,300 members of staff work in many different settings including hospitals, clinics, prisons, secure hospitals, children’s centres, schools and people’s homes.

We have over 125 sites in a variety of locations in the South of England. In London we operate within the Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley Greenwich and into Kent. We manage hospital sites including Queen Mary’s Hospital, Sidcup and Memorial Hospital, Woolwich, as well as the Bracton Centre, our medium secure unit for people with mental health needs. We are the largest NHS provider of prison health services providing healthcare to prisons within Devon, Dorset, Bristol, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, Kent and South London. We are proud of the care we provide and our people.

Our purpose is to improve lives by providing the best possible care to our patients and their families.  This is strengthened by our new values:

  • We’re Kind
  • We’re Fair
  • We Listen
  • We Care

Detailed job description and main responsibilities


•    To demonstrate the ability to work as an autonomous specialist practitioner in relation to the specialist area and in clinic which will include the reading and recording of the clinical observations of each child, and the ongoing assessment of the effectiveness of treatment packages.
•    To carry own caseload and take responsibility for the assessment, planning and evaluation of care for clients in the specialist area. 
•    To demonstrate the ability to develop specialist programmes of care for the specialist client group and their families in accordance with Trust and national standards, policies and guidelines and appropriate professional codes of conduct. 
•    To take case management responsibilities when appropriate in clinical meetings, giving clear clinical advice with regard to assessment, risk assessment, formulation and treatment of identified clients. 
•    To recognise responsibility and act according to Trust and national guidelines in safeguarding children and adults.
•    To demonstrate the ability to teach in informal and formal settings, e.g. carers at home, students on specialist placement 
•    To respond to the needs of clients and their carers in an honest, non-judgemental and open manner, which respects the rights of individuals and groups. 
•    To demonstrate a commitment to equal opportunities for all people. 
•    To understand the impact of social & cultural diversity on patients’ and carers’ needs and on their experiences of mental illness and mental health services. 
•    To respond to the diverse needs of the specialist client group and their carers sensitively with regard for age, developmental stage, gender, ethnicity, religion, disability and the need for their privacy and dignity
•    To understand the rights of clients and carers and to assist them in exercising those rights, where appropriate. 
•    To have knowledge of appropriate legislation and its relevance to the specialist area
•    To take responsibility for the decision to discharge clients from care when agreed treatment programmes have been completed.
•    To participate in individual and group supervision with colleagues in the specialist areas.
•     To offer supervision to junior staff in agreement with the CAMHS service leads. 
•    To ensure that documentation is up to date, clear, concise, comprehensive and complies with Trust and national record keeping standards 
•    To take responsibility to record own supervision in case notes or in supervision records in order to be able to reflect on the supervision process. 


•    To demonstrate the ability to listen and engage in therapeutic practice.
•    To demonstrate a high degree of competence in communicating complex information both verbally and in writing.
•    The ability to speak in public and address formal and informal meetings with colleagues both internally and externally to the Trust as required.
•    To demonstrate the ability to write analytical reports and present these to outside agencies.
•    To demonstrate the ability to communicate therapeutically with families from a range of backgrounds. 
•    To effectively communicate acquired and existing knowledge in order to facilitate the client and carers’ understanding of complex issues in relation to their presenting current situation and future treatment.
•    To participate in the PDR (Personal Development Review) process according to Trust guidelines 


•    To participate in the development and implementation of policies and procedures within own speciality and the generic service and to ensure that other professionals are aware of these
•    To advise service and professional management on operational and professional issues with monthly reporting on service targets.


•    To take responsibility as agreed with the line manager and the service manager for the training and personal development of junior staff

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Registered with appropriate professional body
  • Completed relevant degree and professional qualification


Essential criteria
  • Experience working with children and young people or expressed interest in working with this age group and consideration shown for what benefits/challenges/adjustments may come with working with this age group
  • Experience working in a mental health setting
  • Experience in risk assessment and formulation
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of working with and managing safeguarding risks


Essential criteria
  • Skills in assessment and formulation of mental health needs
  • Skills in delivering interventions to address mental health needs that are specialist to their discipline
  • Good written communication skills
  • Evidence of skills in building meaningful, therapeutic relationships in their work

Employer certification / accreditation badges

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Anna Strauss
Job title
Adolescent Team Manager
Email address
Telephone number
0208 315 4430